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Courses

Planning your semester in 3 easy steps:

Decide on your academic track:

Students enroll in one of the following academic tracks:

  • European Politics / EU Studies
  • International and European Business

Choose your courses:

  • 2 signature courses at the ESC = 6 US semester credits
  • University of Strasbourg courses = 9 US semester credits
  • Total = 15 US semester credits

Talk with your study abroad advisor:

  • Complete the application.
  • Make an appointment with your study abroad advisor.
  • Get the final approval and signature on your application from your advisor.

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European Politics / EU Studies Track

The Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg, also known as IEP Strasbourg or Sciences Po Strasbourg was the second IEP, founded on October 9, 1945, after the IEP Paris (Sciences Po). Since January 1, 2009, it is part of University of Strasbourg, the largest university in France.

Language of instruction: English

This academic track is designed for North American and international students. Prior knowledge of French language is not required.

Course load: Students take two courses at the ESC and choose three additional ones from the list below.

Credits: The amount of ECTS credits vary for each course.
Generally, 3 ECTS credits = 1.5 US semester credits
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

Fall Semester (typical offerings)


Spring Semester (typical offerings)

  • History of European integration
  • Political Sociology of the EU
  • European Policies towards Old and New Minorities in Contemporary Europe
  • Environmental Politics in the United States
  • Understanding contemporary Africa: National constructions, democratization and development
  • The Struggle of African-Americans for Civil Rights
  • The Politics of Visual Culture in Divided Societies: The Case of Northern Ireland
  • European Union Law
  • Approaches of European Cultural Pluralism: Artistic Transfer and Transnational Heritage
  • Europe in the Wider World
  • The Legal Culture of the European Court of Human Rights
  • International Public Law
  • A Web-based Course in Experimental Economics
  • Intensive French crash course (20 hours), Beginner and Intermediate levels
  • French as a Foreign language (20 hours), Beginner and Intermediate levels



International and European Business Track:

EM Strasbourg Business School is a French business school created in 1919 in Strasbourg, Alsace. Since 2000 it is one of the elite grandes écoles in France, ranking in the top 15 business schools in the nation. It is the only French Business School to operate under the umbrella of a traditional University: the University of Strasbourg. This model, inspired by US and other international references, enables the school to benefit from the multidisciplinary academic research conducted at the University of Strasbourg, a strong support from the public sector and solid partnerships with the private sector. The school is also accredited by the prestigious AACSB.

Language of instruction: English

This academic track is designed for North American and international students. Prior knowledge of French language is not required.

Course load: Students are highly encouraged to take two courses at the ESC and choose additional ones from the list below.

Credits: The amount of ECTS credits vary for each course.

Please visit the EM Strasbourg Business School intranet for course descriptions and syllabi.

Generally, 3 ECTS credits = 1.5 US semester credits
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

  • International Strategy
  • Digital Divide
  • Introduction to European Economy
  • Financial markets and interest rates
  • Storytelling and Self-Management
  • Basics in Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to European Economic Policy gr.A1-A4
  • Marketing Basics
  • Basics in Strategy
  • Experiential Marketing
  • Cases in International Marketing
  • Principles in International Commerce
  • Theater for Managers
  • Basics in Supply Chain Management
  • Business models new paradigms
  • Business negotiation
  • Basics in Financial Analysis
  • European Entrepreneurship
  • Management of innovation
  • Essential concepts in financial analysis
  • Financial business cases I
  • Corporate finance & governance
  • Essential concepts in financial analysis
  • Financial institutions, markets and instruments
  • Corporate finance
  • Intercultural Management and Leadership
  • French culture and Society
  • International business case studies
  • International Finance
  • International Marketing
  • International soft skills essentials
  • International Human Resource Management
  • IFRS Principles: The Keys to Understand Financial Statements
  • International supply chain management
  • Internat. Busin. Negotiations: Bridging the Cultural Gap
  • Digital transformation of organizations
  • Logistics management project
  • Expertise in international commerce
  • NTICs, SRM, WMS, Transport tracability, CRM, VMI
  • European Integration I gr. A1-A2
  • Management of art organizations
  • Intercultural Managment - gr.A1-A2
  • Product management gr.A1
  • Business Game: Managing your growth
  • Global wine business (sem A)
  • BtoB Sales management
  • Sustainable marketing (sem A)
  • Logistics and distribution management (sem A)
  • Basics in innovation management
  • Business Negotiation gr.A1
  • Basics in Human Ressource Management
  • Basics in Management of Information Systems gr.A1
  • Economy of Happiness
  • Introductory Grape and Wine Knowledge (sem A)
  • Internat. Busin. Negotiations: Bridging the Cultural Gap
  • Basics in oenology, viticulture and wine tasting

Signature Courses at the Castle

The European Study Center (ESC) offers two specially designed courses taught in English at the Château by professors from the University of Strasbourg.

Language of instruction: English

Course load: Students in all academic tracks are highly encouraged to take both courses at the European Study Center in addition to their regular courses at the University of Strasbourg.

The European Union and Contemporary European Affairs
(45 hours = 3 U.S. semester credits)

Description: This course is an introduction to the European integration process which is creating “an ever-closer Union among the peoples of Europe”. The course will focus on three questions: Who are the main European actors? How is the European Union working? What is the European Union doing? In this perspective, the course will present the European Union compared to the Council of Europe and the Federal States. Then, the institutional system of the EU will be examined, that main: the interest of the treaty and the EU legal framework and the present decision-making process. Finally, the European citizenship will be studied, and the difficulties of the last enlargement will be discussed. Throughout the course, the United States and the American International Organizations (NAFTA and OAS…) will be used as comparative referents.

Hours: 35 classroom hours + 10 hours for participation in course-related excursions, field trips, and guest lectures scheduled throughout the semester.

European Identity and Cross-Cultural Communication
(45 hours - 3 U.S. semester credits)

Description: Students will learn about the European idea and the different approaches to European Integration. The course brings together all of the experiential learning components of the program (e.g. excursions, professional visits, guest lectures, etc.).

Hours: 29 classroom hours + 6 hours “Castle Talks” International Symposium + 10 hours for participation in course-related excursions, field trips, and guest lectures scheduled throughout the semester.

Language of instruction: English

Course load: Students in all academic tracks are highly encouraged to take part in the International Career Seminar during their semester in Strasbourg.

  • International Career Seminar
    (3 sessions of 1 hour each, not for credit)

    Description: This seminar is designed for students to hone in on developing their professional, academic, and personal skills during their study abroad program. The seminar is specifically designed to meet students where they are and guide them into a deeper reflection. The seminar will help our students put their understanding into context and prepare for their future personal and professional lives. Students and on-site team will meet regularly during the students’ study abroad experience. Students will participate in a number of cultural excursions, a service learning opportunity, business visits, an international symposium, a number of reflective discussions, and engage in career development activities.